Archive for October, 2014

RSO Opens 48th Season

Posted October 2014

It is appropriate that the first concert of our 48th season falls on All Saints Day.   The three composers who are represented on our “True Classics” concert are certainly three of the “saints” of classical music–Beethoven, Dvorak and Brahms.   Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture that opens the concert was written for a play about the Roman […]

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Van Gogh Gala: Celebrating the Arts for a Great Cause

Posted October 2014

It’s that time again, and River Oaks will be hosting their largest annual fund raiser—the Van Gogh Gala. With the event taking place on November 1st, the theme this year will once again be Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. After the tremendous success of last year’s costume contest, attendees of this […]

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6th Annual Zombie Walk of Alexandria

Posted October 2014

It’s October and that means, falling leaves, pumpkins, Halloween and Zombie Walk!  Saturday, October 18th, 2014 will be the 6th Annual Zombie Walk of Alexandria, presented to you by The Cenla Zombies Association.  Zombie Walks take place in urban centers and have become popular in large cities.  Wikipedia defines a zombie walk as an organized […]

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Public Health and the Built Environment

Posted October 2014

The relationship between the “built environment” and health outcomes has become a hot topic.  Research, some which comes from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, has confirmed that the best approach to improving health involves a dual approach:  Education directed toward behavior modification, and environmental policies that promote enhancement of a healthy built […]

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Historic Mixed-Use Property Helps Revitalize the Garden District

Posted October 2014

The Victorian home on the corner of Jackson and 20th Street in Alexandria’s Garden District is turning heads. Built in 1910, the historic home at 2004 Jackson Street was converted to an office in the 1980s and outfitted with dropped ceilings, blue commercial-grade carpet, vinyl wall paneling, and other such alterations that disguised most of […]

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From the Mouth of a Teenager

Posted October 2014

As of a few weeks ago, I now have a teenager in my house.  Although he only recently attained that magical number, he started morphing into a teenager about a year ago.  The rules changed and honestly, I had a hard time keeping up.  I’ve raised a girl and, quite frankly, it wasn’t as bad […]

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Red River Chorale Begins Anniversary Year

Posted October 2014

The Red River Chorale is celebrating an impressive anniversary!  The 2014-15 concert season marks the tenth season for the Chorale; its first concert was performed in October, 2005.  It is clear that Central Louisiana values the addition of fine choral music to the richness of the artistic offerings available in the area, because support for […]

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Lending Trends

Posted October 2014

There was some timely information in the September 15, 2014 Wall Street Journal about current trends in borrowing/lending money. Rates on consumer loans are coming down because of more competition. Online lenders are starting to make new car loans at very low—0% to 2%—rates. Fixed rate private student loans can be cheaper than federal student […]

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The Common Cold of the Soul

Posted October 2014

I am constantly amazed at two things about human nature.  First, how wonderful people can be.  They seem to know who they are what their purpose in life is all about.  There are so many people in this world who will never make the history book, but they will go out of their way to […]

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The Scariest Painting in the World!

Posted October 2014

Jonathan Jones is an art writer for The Guardian. In 2010, he wrote an article entitled, “Why Albrecht Altdorfer’s masterpiece gives me nightmares.”  Jones was referring to German Renaissance painter, Albrecht Altdorfer (c. 1480-1538).  Altdorfer was a major representative of the Donau (or Danube) School, a group of artists from Bavaria and Austria who were […]

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